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dr. tawana walker barrow


Tawana Walker Barrow, M.D. graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in 1989. After graduation, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. As a National Health Service Corp Scholar, she continued her education and training at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her Internship and Residency in Psychiatry at the same institution. Barrow began her professional career working as a staff Psychiatrist at Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center, Sumter, SC- She was responsible for the diagnosis, evaluation, and medication management of severely and persistently mentally ill clients.  Directly involved in the treatment and assessment of adults, children, and adolescents by providing psychopharmacologic treatment, cognitive restructuring techniques, and brief psychotherapy.  Barrow was also responsible for the supervision and planning of treatment teams consisting of nurses, social workers, therapists, and psychologists.


In the community, in August of 2014, Barrow worked with the Health and Wellness Committee for the Deliverance Conference of the Second Episcopal District to develop and teach a workshop.   The topic was Wounded Saints and was co-taught with Dr. Rosemary Cook from the Baltimore District. The workshop was well received and attended and discussed the stigma and prevalence of mental illnesses. Barrow has had an exceptional career in the field of mental health: Private Practice-Healthy Minds, Senior Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Consultant and Medical Director-Straight Walk Family Services, Life Resources, Dewberry Graham LLC, Researcher- Ridge Diagnostics and Psychiatrist and Coordinator of Care.


She also worked as a Regional Interviewer for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then, she was promoted to the Morehead-Cain Regional Selection Committee after years of being on the Morehead-Cain Screening Selection Committee.  The Regional Selection Committee works to interview applicants and review applicants to yield a group of Finalists for the Morehead-Cain Award.  The Morehead-Cain award is the first merit scholarship at the first public university in the nation and seeks to reward scholarship, leadership, character, and physical vigor with scholarship and summer internship funding.

Barrow has been honored by the UNC Women’s Leadership Council, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders.

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